This webpage of presidential updates delivers on my pledge of open and clear communication with the Cal State San Marcos campus community. Along with my speeches, open forums, and video messages, these timely web reports will convey my thoughts about pressing issues and recent events directly to all of you, and this new avenue of communications seems fitting for our tech-savvy 21st-century campus! As I am a firm believer in two-way communication, I hope you will send me your thoughts via my firstname.lastname@example.org e-mailbox. I'm eager to hear what's on your mind and learn which topics you might like me to address in future reports.
May 21, 2013
CSUSM Graduation: An Epic Day
Two days. Four ceremonies. More than 11,000 students and their proud families. Commencement at Cal State San Marcos is a whirlwind of activity, of planning and perfecting, of auditions and scripting, of celebrating and crying. And it’s worth every minute.
The CSUSM Class of 2013 was our largest ever — 2,742 students, bringing our total alumni to more than 30,000. Of those graduating students, 41 percent were the first in their families to earn a four-year degree and 1 in 6 graduated with honors. They were also diverse. Nearly 1,100 new alumni come from underrepresented student populations. They are a bright and determined group that will no doubt continue to do good work in our communities and contribute their talent to the growth of our region.
More than 1,150 students strutted across the commencement stage from the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, along with more than 350 from the College of Business Administration, 550-plus from the College of Education, Health and Human Services and over 125 from the College of Science and Mathematics. With every name read came the sound of air horns, the shaking of signs and the beaming of friends and family. (read more)
May 17, 2013
Recognizing our Graduates
Commencement season at CSUSM kicked off in colorful fashion with the Rainbow Recognition Ceremony in early May. It was the first of many celebrations to honor our diverse group of students.
With a Hollywood theme, LGBTQA graduates strutted the red carpet and posed for paparazzi as they made their way into the McMahan House to be recognized for their achievements. Nearly 80 students, friends and family members shared in the excitement of the evening as I offered my congratulations and best wishes, as well news on the university receiving five out of five stars for LGBTQ student life and 4.5 out of 5 stars for our support and commitment to LGBTQA students. Campus Pride, a leading national nonprofit working to create better university environments for LGBTQ students, compiled the rankings. (read more)
May 8, 2013
A Special Campus Commencement
May is the month for commencement. Over two days, Cal State San Marcos will graduate 2,742 students. But there is another commencement that takes place a few weeks before that is just as meaningful in the life of this campus — the graduation of the annual Campus Connect class.
I started Campus Connect in 2005 as a way to bring together people from across campus to learn about the various departments and how our work is all interconnected, how collaboration and the behind the scene efforts are essential to moving the university forward. Over the course of the 2012-13 academic year, 25 faculty, staff and administrators got a “VIP Backstage” look at the university. (Every class has a theme). They heard from the provost and faculty; they spent an afternoon asking me questions; they toured our tunnels and learned about our environmental practices; they learned about the many support services available to students; and they heard from students — undergraduates and graduates, local students and international students, first generation students and diverse students, all of whom spoke about their experiences in classrooms, in organizations and in our communities. (read more)
May 6, 2013
Spending Time with Students
Over the past few weeks, I have had the delightful opportunity to engage with many of the wonderful students that attend Cal State San Marcos. (read more)
April 9, 2013
Letter from Chancellor White Re: President Haynes' Three Year Review
Open letter to the California State University San Marcos community:
The CSU Board of Trustees has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for the review of Dr. Karen S. Haynes, president of California State University San Marcos.
This process is intended to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor about the leadership of President Haynes and the current state of affairs at CSU San Marcos. It should also provide information that will further the university's progress and assist President Haynes in the leadership of CSU San Marcos. (read more)
December 9, 2012
For the past 22 years, Ms. Divis has been a strong advocate for students in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, encouraging everyone in the department to find new applications for their work. She works tirelessly to ensure that students, faculty and staff work in concert and that all ideas are respected. Her efforts have increased morale and camaraderie and led to improvements throughout the departments, especially in terms of safety and access for disabled students. (read more)
December 4, 2012
2012-2013 President's Faculty & Staff Awards
I am pleased to announce this year's President's Awards for faculty and staff.
President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Outstanding Lecturer
Klaus Schryen, Management and Marketing, CoBA
President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity
Merryl Goldberg, Visual & Performing Arts, CHABSS
President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Service Leadership
Sharon Hamill, Psychology, CHABSS
President's Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation & Excellence
Marshall Whittlesey, Mathematics, CoSM
Employees of the Year
Candace Bebee, Finance and Administrative Services
Anna Fleming, Community Engagement
Please join me on Thursday, January 17, at 11:00 a.m. in the Dome as we recognize each of the recipients at the Annual Faculty and Staff Awards Reception.
October 24, 2012
2012-2013 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award
Upon the recommendation of the Faculty Awards Selection Committee (FASC), I am pleased to announce that Dr. Martha Stoddard Holmes, professor of Literature and Writing Studies in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences, is the recipient of the 2012/2013 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Stoddard Holmes’s exemplary efforts to impart University values through student centered teaching, combined with her record of cross disciplinary scholarship on disability in literary studies, and her willingness to step into leadership roles to serve the campus community make her richly deserving of this highest faculty honor. (read more)
September 20, 2012
CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM
I am proud to announce that the California State University (CSU) selected California State University San Marcos to be the home for the new CSU Institute for Palliative Care. The CSU’s decision to house the Institute at Cal State San Marcos is a reflection of our reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial and community engaged university. Today, we are celebrating the launch of the Institute with a special program attended by invited community and industry leaders in palliative care. (read more)
July 2, 2012
The budget passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor provides essentially a flat budget for the CSU. The enacted budget includes the $250 million trigger cut to the CSU if voters reject the Governor's tax measure this November. We at CSUSM are proceeding with our current budget planning, which includes contingency plans should the ballot measure fail and the trigger cuts be implemented. For information on steps already taken, see my earlier budget message: www.csusm.edu/president/blog/2011.2012/052912budgetupdate.html. (read more)
June 26, 2012
All Jazzed up for a Good Cause
Every summer, Cal State San Marcos hosts its annual Foundation Gala, an evening of friends, food and festivities to benefit our scholarship fund. This year's theme was "All That Jazz," and the night was resplendent with the glitz and glamour of the 1920s. Women were bedecked in pearls and feathers. Men wore topcoats and tails. And everyone, from the events staff to the attendees, was smiling.
The gala is always a joyous occasion because we have an opportunity to bring our friends and supporters to campus and also because the evening is dedicated to raising money for a good cause: student scholarships. So many of CSUSM¿s students relay on scholarships to help fund their educational dreams, and without the generosity of our donors, many students would be forced to abandon their goals. (read more)
June 6, 2012
A Summer Full of Promise
It is officially summer at Cal State San Marcos. We graduated 2,600 students a few weeks ago, our largest ever class, and campus has quieted down a bit from the spirited year-end activities. That doesn't mean, however, that we are not busy.
Over the past few weeks, we have held special ceremonies to welcome students and their families from three of our partner school districts, Valley Center Pauma, Escondido Unified and San Marcos Unified. More than 100 graduating seniors from high schools in these areas are coming to CSUSM as part of our agreement with their districts that guarantees admission to the CSU to students who do the work and meet all of the admission requirements. (read more)
May 29, 2012
The Governor's May Revise budget proposes a $250 million trigger cut to the CSU if voters reject his tax measure this November. His January budget had proposed a $200 million trigger cut. If voters approve the tax measure, the CSU would receive an essentially flat budget.
There will no doubt be continued uncertainty through the summer and until the November election. We at CSUSM are proceeding with our current budget planning, which includes contingency plans should the ballot measure fail and the trigger cuts be implemented. In March, I asked vice presidents to review all open positions to determine those that were essential and those that could be filled at a later date. We have also continued to reduce travel expenditures and defer all major purchases or service contracts where possible. At this time, I do not foresee any reductions in our permanent workforce. (read more)
December 6, 2012
2012-2013 Zomalt Outstanding Service Award